Anime: The Brave Express Might Gaine

LET'S MIGHT GAINEEEE!

Brave Express Might Gaine was the fourth Brave Series produced by Sunrise. Might Gaine aired in Japan in 1993, with a total of 47 episodes. Unlike prior shows in the Brave Series, the robots were created by humans, as opposed to having more extraterrestrial or supernatural origins.

Might Gaine is set in the near future, when the world's reserves of fossil fuel have nearly run out; cars are powered with recharageable electric batteries, and long distance trade is handled by surface ships such as trains. Also made possible are the construction of powerful mecha, some of which are used for criminal ends.

Opposing them is the Brave Express Team, lead by by the teenage industrialist Might Senpuuji. Given life by an advanced AI program, he is assisted by his own team of transforming mecha. The episodes are fairly stand-alone for the first part of the series; it isn't until Might's rival, Joe, shows up that there is really any connecting thread between the episodes. The main enemy isn't even hinted at until further on.

Best known as the other Brave Series entry with Nobuyuki Hiyama voicing the lead character.

Tropes used for this series:

  • Accidental Pervert: Played with in episode four. Sally's caught in a swarm of robotic mice, and Might helps beat them off. There's one left, and in removing it, Might accidentally cops a feel. Sally slaps him on reflex, then realizes what she just did and runs away, crying out apologies.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: The Senpuuji Corporation.
  • BFG: Might Gunner
  • Big Bad: Black Noir
  • Calling Your Attacks: GAINE SHOT! ICHIMONJI-GIRI!
  • Cool Sword: Might Gaine has one, Dorinken.
  • Cool Train: MIGHT GAINEEEEE! Also, the Bombers and the Divers. Oh, and Might Gunner and Might Kaiser.
    • To explain just how much Cool Train the Brave Express team is packing: Might Gaine is comprised of 3 trains, 2 of which can be stored within the larger. Might Kaiser and Might Gunner are 1 each. The Bombers and Divers are 4 trains each, which can combine into 2 larger trains. That's thirteen trains total, capable of combining into five larger ones. Oh, and those 5 can lock together to pull off their ultimate Finishing Move: Joint Dragon Fire. (Yes, their ultimate attack involves the opponent getting run over by thirteen Cool Trains.)
  • Combining Mecha: Duh.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Sally, a high school girl struggling to make ends meet in taking care of her hospitalized single parent dad and elementary school little brother, takes on different part time jobs per episode throughout the series and unfortunately gets trapped within enemy disputes practically all the time. And the one who always saves her was Prince Charming Might... ah-hem, conclusion please.
  • Distressed Damsel: Sally
  • Heel Realization: As he dies, Black Noir questions if, instead of being The Player of his game, he was actually the villain.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Battle Bomber is destroyed taking an attack for Great Might Gaine.
  • Humongous Mecha: Great Might Gaine.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Exeve is killed when Joe flies Goryu's jet mode through the cockpit of his mecha, impaling him on the drill.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Might delivers one from time to time.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Infamously deconstructed by way of Writer Revolt. When the writers were on the outs with the merchandisers, the protagonists discovered that their entire world was created by a malevolent alien toy company to serve as a commercial for their toys. Cue epic battle to control their own fates.
  • Names to Know in Anime: Back in the day, Might and Sally's seiyuu rose alot of wham for playing the Charismatic Hero and Yamato Nadeshiko Heroine.
  • Primary-Color Champion:
    • Might Gaine
    • Might's battle uniform are composed with dark, teal blue inner garments note  and a bright red vest. With his hair color as a bonus.
  • Princely Young Man: Might. He's the young and sassy CEO of the world's largest transportation company, with all the princely qualities below:
    • Benevolent Boss: He constantly surveys his company's various projects, and made sure to greet all of his employees and personally give compliments for their hard works. As for his personal subjects, he treats them like his own family, and made sure their needs are granted.
    • Bishōnen: Complete with Hair Flip, eye-winks, and some Bishie Sparkle.
    • The Charmer: He's very good at sweet-talking with people, even with the jerkasses that threat the society.
    • Mr. Fanservice: He provided an awesome length of his Shower Scene upon his introduction shot right on the first episode.
    • Prince Charming
    • Teen Genius: At the age of 15, his intelligence is actually more on the Ph.D level. But rather in heading straight to college, he chose to stay in high school so that he can stay with his average, middle-class close friend, Hamada.
    • Warrior Prince
  • The Rival: Joe. (his last name is obvious enough....)
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Guard Diver is destroyed, Might and Might Gaine go on one of these against Purple. Battle Bomber is then destroyed. Maito and Great Might Gaine respond by bisecting the robot that did it, then killing Purple by blowing his battleship and army into oblivion with the Perfect Cannon. This probably extends to Exeve and Black Noir as well.
  • Shipper on Deck: Grandpa Senpuuji is very, very active in taking Might and his staff to wherever Sally part-times in, calls Sally in to serve during meal time for everyone to see the embarrassed look on Might's face.
  • Shout-Out: A little boy from a ridiculously wealthy family witnessed his parents' death at a young age, brought up by his butler, swears to fight to protect his city in the name of justice and revenge on whoever plotted his parents' death, and so, teamed up with his butler in using his mansion to build machines to fight against their enemies, does that even freaking remind you of somebody?
    • In the episode featuring the Evil Twin, Black Might Gaine, its transformation sequence finishes off with the villain docking with it a la Mazinger Z.
    • Targeting method and working of internal mechanisms of Perfect Cannon show it to be not just a Wave Motion Gun but The Wave Motion Gun.
    • The jewel thief Pink Cat has, at least once, used the alias "Marilyn Monroe".
    • Of all things, Sonic the Hedgehog makes a cameo in episode 19 as a key chain figurine.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Might is often translated to Maito, much like how Guy is sometimes translated as Gai, primarily to keep consistency with how names of mecha are spelled.
  • Taking You with Me: Joe does a suicide run and flies his mecha right into Exeve's cockpit, impaling him on the drill.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Whenever Might Gaine is about to commence asskicking, an instrumental version of the opening, Arashi no Hero, starts up.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grandpa Yuujiro can't live without his nattōs.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: One villain managed to succeed to prevent the combination of the individual Braves using the robots Raijin and Jinrai, by firing an anti-combine magnet from the base and having Raijin and Jinrai surround it to disrupt the combination. Luckily Might Gunner ended it by firing at the ship's antenna which provided the anti-combination mechanism, and the villain gets it. See Cool Train above on how the good guys payed him back.
  • Transformation Name Announcement
    Might Gaine: "Carrying hopes on silver wings, this green light glows for peace! The Brave Express Might Gaine, arriving right on time!"
  • Transforming Mecha: Do we really have to say it?
  • Truman Show Plot
  • The Worf Effect: Gaine is a pretty effective combatant in the first episode... and then after that he starts getting kicked around, having to hold out until the Locomoriser shows up to form Might Gaine. The same could be said for both Guard Diver and Tri-Bomber/Battle Bomber as well.